Cristina Concepcion has been at Don Congdon Associates since 1996 and represents writers of adult fiction, history, current events and narrative non-fiction and is also the foreign rights manager.
Following a career in journalism and public relations, Michael became a literary agent after he joined the Harold Matson Company in 1977. He left Matson in 1983 to start Don Congdon Associates, Inc., with his father, Don, of which he is now President. He has served on the Board of Directors, and as Literary Vice President, of the Association of Author’s Representatives (AAR, now AALA) and has been a member of the organization’s Ethics, International and Program committees. He has interest in, and represents, a variety of non-fiction, such as history, military history, biography, current affairs and narrative non-fiction (adventure, medicine, nature and science). While open to receiving new work by authors who have self-published previously, he is not interested in signing up works which, themselves, have already been self-published.
Katie joined Don Congdon Associates in 2007. She represents vivid literary fiction (be it voicey, historical, speculative, or mysterious), up-market women’s fiction, cohesive short story collections, and graphic novels. In young adult, she loves compelling and heartbreaking contemporary novels and speculative high-concepts rooted in science and history. In middle grade, she enjoys novels with a heartfelt, timeless quality, and stories that explore the magic of our world or those imagined. For non-fiction, she is looking for memoirs and narratives that explore greater social issues, dark and weird times in human history, the personal impact of science, and any off-beat topic explored through an academic lens. Across all genres, she’s looking for books with a heartbeat, and she’ll always be interested in previously under- or misrepresented experiences and stories that contribute to a larger cultural conversation. She is also a member of SCBWI.
October 2023: Katie Grimm is currently closed to queries.
Katie began her career at Denise Marcil Literary Agency in 2005 and joined Don Congdon Associates as an agent in 2008. In non-fiction, she specializes in narrative non-fiction (particularly memoir, popular science, pop culture, and social/cultural issues), business (all areas), and self-help that focuses on success, motivation, and psychology. Katie is actively seeking new nonfiction clients with built-in platforms from whom she can learn something new. In fiction, she’s interested in representing women’s fiction and literary fiction. In all areas, she’s particularly interested in characters who struggle with dualities of nature and/or culture, as the topics of cognitive dissonance and those who straddle two different worlds fascinate her. She has soft spots for the Midwest, family secrets, and a good underdog story. Katie served two terms on the Association of American Literary Agents’ Board of Directors. She is a member of the AALA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is President of the non-profit Literary Agents of Change.
Maura traded in her legal briefcase for a manuscript bag and joined the Denise Marcil Literary Agency. In 2008, Maura became an agent with Don Congdon Associates. Maura represents writers of narrative non-fiction, women’s fiction, thrillers, young adult, middle grade and cookbooks. She is seeking literary works, women’s fiction, thrillers/suspense and she is especially interested in works for both the young adult and middle grade markets. As to non-fiction, Maura is seeking narrative works, books on popular science (especially space), cookbooks, lifestyle, and fun/interesting works that fall into the humor category. Maura is looking for diverse voices across the various genres she represents.
Susan started at Don Congdon Associates in 1986. She looks for literary fiction, upmarket 'book club' fiction (contemporary and historical, American in particular), and narrative non-fiction. Susan is drawn to an authentic voice, unforgettable characters with an edge, and an unfamiliar, well-crafted story that is emotional in unpredictable ways. For non-fiction, her interests include social history, cultural history, smart pop culture (fashion, food, art, music), women’s issues, and literary memoir with a distinctive theme. She particularly likes a narrative that combines a personal thread with reporting and analysis of a broader social or cultural issue. In everything, Susan appreciates a sense of humor, especially when it’s on the dark side. Please do not query Susan in the following categories: romance, sci-fi, fantasy, espionage, mysteries, politics, health/diet/fitness, self-help sports or children's (young adult, middle grade or picture book); and she does not represent screenplays. Susan served two terms on the AAR (now AALA) Board of Directors (2014-2018).
After graduating from New York University with a B.A. in English & American Literature in 2018, Caroline interned with Don Congdon Associates and the Lotts Agency before rejoining DCA as their assistant in 2019. Caroline is a member of the AALA’s DEI committee. She also serves on the Literary Agents of Change Board of Directors and co-directs its Fellowship Program. Caroline is looking to represent diverse voices in speculative fiction, in both the children’s and adult markets, as well as select nonfiction. In all fiction, Caroline is interested in gothic horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Within those genres, she particularly enjoys high-concept, plot-driven work with strong world-building and compelling emotional stakes. Caroline is also seeking short stories in any speculative genre collected around a clear theme. As for Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction, Caroline gravitates to lovable casts of characters, coming-of-age stories, and a sense of adventure. In nonfiction, Caroline is looking for engrossing narratives with intersectional perspective and distinct voice that guide readers through history or science in an accessible and deeply personal way.